Young cricketers rise at Ajmera I-Land academy

Published: 18 November, 2013 01:22 IST | A Correspondent |

The Ajmera I-land Sports Academy's second cricket talent hunt � Rising of a Cricket Star �powered by MiD DAY saw as many as 16 youngsters shortlisted to train under 1983 World Cup-winner Balwinder Singh Sandhu.

The Sports Gurukul-organised talent hunt, held on November 7 at the Ajmera I-Land Academy Ground in Wadala, saw over 250 participants — batsmen as well as bowlers — from across the length and breadth of the city. 

Balwinder Singh Sandhu
Former India pacer Balwinder Singh Sandhu (sixth from left) with winners of the Ajmera I-land Sports Academy’s Rising of a Cricket Star talent hunt powered by MiD DAY at the academy’s ground in Wadala recently

The enthusiastic lot sweated it out in the nets under the watchful eye of Sandhu, who has over 20 years of coaching experience with various state junior and senior teams.

Fast bowler Ahmad Khan of Khalsa College emerged as the best player in the U-22 category, while batsman Prathmesh Sonawane of IES Manik Vidya Mandir (Bandra) was the youngest player picked in the U-12 category.

> U-12: Prathmesh Sonawane, Tanvir Shaikh, Hardik.
> U-14: Anspreet Sandhu, Abrar Shaikh, Lakhwinder, Sarvesh
> U-16: Zico Fernandes, Satyawel Thevar, Vishal Singh, Azam Khan
> U-19: Nitesh Chauhan, Deepak Vishwakaram, Kisan Gupta
> U-22: Ahmad Khan, Akash Akhade 

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